In another thread in this section a few of the posters who are coaches describe players who have "it". What is "it" and how do you know if your child has "it"? Is it something that you see in a child from the time they start playing or can "it" be developed. If you have "it" does a child always have "it" even if they have long layoffs from injury or burnout, etc?
From the time my son started playing I've had strangers (parents and coaches) come up to compliment me on his playing ability. Even when he loses strangers compliment him and tell him that he was the better player. They tell me that they love the way he moves, how he fights for every point and how much pace he can generate for his size. TIs that "it"? Or am I a deluded parent? I love watching him play and sometimes think it would great for him to play professionally but at the same time I know how exceedingly difficult it is and we are heading towards the college route.
I would love to hear the opinions of those of you who have experience. Thanks.
I started training my son 6 months ago, and I don't see anything special, no "It". The problem with it is like finding a women, everyone looks for "Chemistry", they think they find it and that's it, then they break up. Sometimes the best Chemistry comes from months of knowing someone.
Same deal in Tennis, I can see some actions where my son COULD be great, but no guarantees. I've hit with kids who have never played before and they are more natural, they just hit it over.
Aggassi felt sorry for Sampras when they played when they were young, he thought that Sampras had no future, so even if they have "It", it's no guarantee that they will become great. IMO to become great you have to have natural ability, the mind for it, and a work ethic second to none.
Think of how many "Future Champions" who fall on their face, how many "Naturals" that plateau. I do think it has to be the whole package. Also, sometimes because of age their minds just aren't ready for it, like the kid in school who is a "C" student, but then something snaps and they are all of a sudden all "A's"